Wills and Kate back at school Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the University of St Andrews, where they met nearly a decade ago. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »

It's been a whirlwind romance for Kate Middleton and Prince William, who met as mere college students almost a decade ago. Here's a condensed timeline of their romance's up and downs, from the day the met in 2001 to the highly anticipated grand nuptials on April 29th, 2011.

  • Fall 2001 -  Kate and William both enrolled at St. Andrew's College in Scotland, and lived near each other in the St. Salvators Hall of Residence.
  • March 2002 - Kate caught William's eye when she modeled at a charity fashion show, wearing a revealing see-through dress with lingerie. He told a friend he thought she was beautiful.
  • September 2002 - The future lovebirds move into a student house with some other friends, including Kate's then main squeeze, Rupert Finch.
  • Fall 2003 - William, Kate and their two friends move into a cottage for the third year of school, and rumors start flying that they are a couple around Christmas.
  • March 2004 - William and Kate's romance is publicized when they are photographed on the ski slopes in Klosters together. Clarence House doesn't deny the rumors.
  • Spring 2005 - The couple graduates together from St. Andrew's -- William with a Master's in Geography (and second honors), Kate with a Master's in History of Art.

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  • January 2006 - First public kiss! William is photographed kissing Kate for the first time at the Klosters. 
  • December 2006 - Kate attends William's graduation as an Army officer at Sandhurst. 
  • April 14, 2007 - William and Kate are confirmed to have split. The Sun newspaper broke a "world exclusive" about the split, which reportedly occurred on a holiday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt. The Clarence House simply stated: "We don't comment on Prince William's private life."
  • June 2007 - Seen kissing again and rumors spiral that they're back together! But the duo claim they are just "good friends."
  • April 11, 2008 - Kate appears at William's side at his graduation ceremony from the Royal Air Force College. Back together?
  • June 16, 2008 - For her first official Royal public occasion, Kate, alongside the noble family, watches William be inaugurated into the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle.
  • February 2010 - Prince William is quoted saying "You'll have to wait a while yet" when asked about an impending wedding.
  • October 2010 - Prince William pops the question to Kate with Princess Diana's 18-carat sapphire ring while vacationing in a lodge in Kenya. The couple keeps the engagement a secret until...
  • November 16, 2010 - Clarence House officially announces the couple's engagement, with the following statement: "The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton." 
  • April 29, 2011 - The couple will be married in an ornate ceremony at Westminster Abbey in front of 1,900 guests. The event will be aired live on NBC, CNN, DISH, BBC, and other networks at 1 AM PT/4 AM ET.Kate+Middleton in Royal Engagement Portrait

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Kate Middleton, fiancee of Britain's Prince William, smiles as she greets members of the public during a visit to Witton Country Park on April 11, 2011 in Darwen, England. With less than three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton are making one of their final public appearances. (Getty Images)more pics »Kate Middleton is about to become part of the royal family, but she won't be leaving behind her own, big Middleton family. Here's a look at all of the Middletons, and info on who is and isn't invited to the royal wedding.

Parents: Carole and Michael Middleton
Michael+Middleton in Kate Middleton's Parents Make a StatementKate's mom Carole is a former flight attendant, while her father also worked as a flight attendant before becoming a flight dispatcher for British Airways. They've been married since 1980 and founded a party supply and decoration company called Party Pieces in 1987.

Sister: Pippa Middleton
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Pippa (real name Philippa) was born in 1983. She attended the University of Edinburgh with her sister and studied English literature. Pippa worked for an event planning company called Table Talk in 2008 and currently works for her parents' company. She is expected to have a prominent role in Party Pieces in the near future. Pippa will be the maid of honor for the royal wedding.

Brother: James Middleton
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The youngest Middleton, James, came along in 1987. James has a cake-making business called Cake Kit Company. He's a 23-year-old bachelor and dropped out of his English degree course at Edinburgh University to start his own business!

Uncle: Gary Goldsmith
Gary+Goldsmith in Gary Goldsmith at a Tanning SalonKate's uncle (her mother's younger brother) is painted as a wily character in the press. He allegedly got caught selling cocaine in 2009 to an undercover reporter, according to the NY Post! He's a so-called "tattooed IT millionaire"  and lives in London. Word has it when the royal engagement was announced he ditched his stripper girlfriend and has cleaned up his act. He scored an invite to the nuptials.

Cousin: Katrina Darling

 Katrina Darling (NYPost.com)Katrina Darling, which we assume is a stage name, is a 20-year-old burlesque dancer in northeast England. She reportedly likes to strip to "Rule Britannia." She was not lucky enough to score an invite to the royal wedding.




There you have it: The Middletons.

See more Kate Middleton pics here:
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry at the New Zealand Embassy in London
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William and Kate Middleton at St Andrews
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry at the New Zealand House
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William and Kate Middleton at the University of St. Andrews
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William and Harry at New Zealand House
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Prince Harry Accompanied By Miss Middleton Visit The New Zealand High Commission
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William and Kate Middleton Sign a Condolence Letter
  • Kate Middleton in HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton at St Andrews University
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
  • Kate Middleton in Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland
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